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Number of mental patients on rise in country

Published : Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 759
Banani Mallick

Various research reports suggest that the number of mental patients has increased alarmingly across the country.
Bangladesh Mental Psychology experts said about 38% of the population are mentally ill and the number is increasing every day.
According to the Department of Health's bulletin statistics 2018, about 16.1 percent mature people and about 18.4 per cent children and adolescents below 18 are suffering from mental diseases.  
However the last national survey 2009 shows that one person among each five people somehow is suffering from mental diseases.  
The research report also shows that about six people commit suicide out of one lakh due to mental diseases.
Mental experts attributed the increase in the number of mental patients to unemployment, family conflict, drug and access to modern technology.  
Dr Md. Mahmudur Rahman, Department of Clinical Psychology, said depression      and exhaustion very often lead people to suicide, drugs, terrorism and even rapes.
Many experts said very often terrorists target depressed young boys derailed from family to be recruited as terrorist.
Talking to the Daily Observer Nigar Sultana, a senior consultant of Apollo Hospital said the number of mental patients is increasing alarmingly.
When asked about the trend of children's mental diseases, Dr Mekhala Sarkar, Department of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health said children are mostly obsessed mobile, laptop, social media, game and pornography.
She said there should be specific guidelines for children, especially the age from which they can use the mobile.
Asked what steps should be taken to decrease the number, she noted that strong family bond and communication between parents and the children is needed.
Unfortunately our children are not getting quality time rather the spend time with mobile, computer in a virtual world that lead them to an unpractical and imaginary world, she noted.
"They suffer from depression when they cannot match their real world with that of the imaginary world. Such situation drives them to be mental patients," she said.
According to the latest National Institute of Mental Health Statistics, about 8.4 per cent people are suffering from anxieties, 4.6 are from extreme depression and 1.1 are from serious mental diseases.   

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